Tyrese Paying For Compton Student Lorenzo Murphy’s Morehouse Tuition


Now we are on the right track!! KUDOS to @Tyrese @zothemotivator and the great Tom Joyner – http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/ !

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Rev Run, Zo the Motivator and Tyrese (photo via Instagram) Rev Run, Zo the Motivator and Tyrese (photo via Instagram)

Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson recently made headlines when he offered to pay a young man’s Morehouse College tuition; an act that was graciously accepted by 21-year-old Lorenzo Murphy, also known as the popular Instagram personality “Zo the Motivator.”

Gibson, who is coming off the heels of his own good news (his newest album is steadily climbing the charts) took to Instagram to explain the good deed, citing inspiration from famous radio host Tom Joyner’s foundation, which supports HBCU scholarships.

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John Legend Pens All-Too Important Essay: “New York Failed Kalief”


I am totally disturbed by young Kalief’s plight and the system’s failure to protect him and his civil rights. The system should be held accountable for this tragedy.

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John LegendJohn Legend hasn’t been keeping quiet on police brutality or mass incarceration. Now, he is taking it a step further with his essay for Vulture speaking out on the suicide of Kalief Browder, the young man who spent three years on Rikers Island without a conviction.

Legend is justifiably upset about Browder’s treatment while incarcerated, and he recalls meeting him in 2013 after seeing him in a television interview.

From Vulture:

New York failed Kalief. The list of things that went wrong in his case begins with his first encounter with the NYPD, whose practice of targeting black teens is well documented. The idea that being accused of stealing a backpack would lead to his arrest and detention would be absurd if it weren’t actually tragic. He should not have been tried as an adult, or had prosecutors, defenders, and judges so overwhelmed with cases that he waited three…

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